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Olympic sports notes: CU Buffs men’s golf headed to NCAA Central Regional

Dylan McDermott and the Colorado men's golf team will make the program's first appearance in the NCAA championships since 2002. (Photo courtesy University of Colorado Athletics)
Dylan McDermott and the Colorado men’s golf team will make the program’s first appearance in the NCAA championships since 2002. (Photo courtesy University of Colorado Athletics)

The Colorado men’s golf team is headed back to the postseason.

After finishing third at the Pac-12 Conference tournament, the Buffaloes last week were selected for the Central/Norman Regional of the NCAA Championships. The three-round tournament begins on Monday in Norman, Okla.

CU is the No. 9 seed in the regional, with No. 5 Texas Tech as the top seed. Host and ninth-ranked Oklahoma, the Big 12 champion, is the second seed with No. 17 Alabama the third seed. The regional will be held at the Sooners’ home course, the 7,452-yard, par-72 Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club (77.9 rating, slope 142).

It will be the Buffs’ 23rd NCAA regional appearance as a team.

Colorado head coach Roy Edwards finalized his regional lineup, featuring four sophomores in Justin Biwer, Tucker Clark, Jack Holland and Dylan McDermott, plus true freshman Hunter Swanson. Senior Jack Hughes will be CU’s alternate.

“It feels great to be selected to the NCAA Tournament and Norman Regional,” Edwards said in a release. “In 2019 and 2021 we were right there in the mix to get a bid and came up a bit short. The 2020 team had a great chance to get in until the season got canceled so it was nice to have our name called again. We actually have an experienced group headed to Norman, with Justin Biwer competing there last year and Tucker Clark being an NCAA participant in 2021. All of our guys have played at the highest levels of amateur golf so there won’t be any surprises for anyone.”

McDermott honored

The CU men’s golf team has been led by McDermott, who leads the team with a 69.76 stroke average that ranks third in the Pac-12. Biwer is 10th at 70.85. McDermott, a first team All-Pac-12 selection, leads the conference in below-par rounds (25), rounds in the 60s (20), and in top five, 10 and 20 finishes (five, eight and nine, respectively).

On Tuesday, McDermott advanced out of the local US Open Qualifying at the Broadlands Golf Course in Broomfield and will compete for a spot at next month’s US Open in Los Angeles at a regional qualifier later this month.


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